Everything Is Awesome

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"Everything Is Awesome"
Thelegomoviesoundtrack.jpg
Single by Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island
from the album The Lego Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2014
FormatDigital download
GenreSoundtrack
Length2:43
LabelWaterTower
Songwriter(s)Shawn Patterson, JoLi, The Lonely Island
Producer(s)Shawn Patterson, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bartholomew
Tegan and Sara singles chronology
"Goodbye, Goodbye"
(2013)
"Everything Is Awesome"
(2014)
"Boyfriend"
(2016)
The Lonely Island singles chronology
"Spell It Out"
(2013)
"Everything Is Awesome"
(2014)
"When Will the Bass Drop"
(2014)

"Everything Is Awesome" (stylized as "Everything Is AWESOME!!!") is the theme song to the 2014 Warner Bros. Pictures film The Lego Movie. It was written by Shawn Patterson,[1] JoLi,[2][3] and The Lonely Island. The single and pop version featured in the end credits of the movie was produced by Mark Mothersbaugh[4] and performed by Tegan and Sara in collaboration with The Lonely Island.

The version of "Everything Is Awesome" featured in The Lego Movie scene, official trailer,[5] TV spots,[6][7][8] video game, and featurette[9] was produced by Bartholomew[10] and performed by Bartholomew and Lisa Harriton under the name JoLi.

On January 26, 2014, the song received its first US radio airplay via Anything Anything with Rich Russo on the WXPK, WRAT and WDHA radio stations.[11]

Music video[edit]

The music video features Lego versions of Tegan and Sara as well as The Lonely Island's Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone. Parts of the video were made using brickfilming.[12]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Everything Is Awesome" debuted at No. 11 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart, with 34,000 downloads in its first week.[13] It also charted at No. 11 on the Irish charts,[citation needed] and peaked at No. 35 on the Canadian Hot 100.[14] The song spent six consecutive weeks on the UK Singles and thirty-one on the UK Indie, peaking on both charts in early March at No. 17 and No. 2, respectively.[15][16] In the US Billboard Hot 100, the song charted No. 57.[17] The single had sold 418,000 copies in the United States by the end of June, 2014,[18] and became Gold certified at the end of that year. On July 14, 2017, it was certified Platinum, having sold more than 1,000,000 units since its release.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

International Business Times described the song as a parody of creeping fascism, saying that the song "seems little more than an infectiously catchy parody of watered-down radio pop, right down to the faux-dubstep breakdown. There's a lot more happening under the surface, however."[20]

Oscars performance[edit]

As one of the songs nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 Oscars, "Everything Is Awesome" was performed as a large-scale musical number featuring not only Tegan and Sara and The Lonely Island, but also on-stage appearances by Mothersbaugh (paying homage to his 1970s group Devo by wearing a LEGO version of the distinctive Devo energy dome), DJ Questlove, and comic actor Will Arnett dressed as Batman (in the film, Arnett provides the voice of Batman and sings the mocking heavy metal composition "Untitled Self Portrait", an excerpt of which was incorporated into the "Everything Is Awesome" performance).[21] According to LEGO Movie co-director Christopher Miller, for this on-stage appearance, Arnett wore the Batman costume originally worn by Val Kilmer in the 1995 film Batman Forever.[22] Arnett also lip-synced to the song on the Reality TV Show Lip Sync Battle, while dressed as Emmet, the character voiced by Chris Pratt in The Lego Movie.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Legacy[edit]

  • This song had been used in other works in the Lego franchise:
    • A version appears in The Lego Batman Movie, performed by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine.
    • In January 2019, the song was re-used in a music video to promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, whereas original characters and new characters were shown dancing to the song.[46] A 360 degree version was also made.
    • A ukulele-driven "tween remix" with new verses by Garfunkel and Oates is featured in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.
    • Also in The Lego Movie 2, the characters sing a rather sad reprise of the song entitled "Everything's Not Awesome" (US)/"Everything is Awful" (UK)[citation needed] at the falling point of the film.
    • The Forza Horizon 4 expansion Lego Speed Champions added an in-game radio station called Radio Awesome, which has "Everything Is Awesome" as its only song.
  • In July 2014, the song was re-used in a video of Greenpeace to promote their petition calling on The Lego Group to drop its partnership with Shell.[47]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shawn Patterson (February 14, 2014). Everything Is Awesome - Shawn Patterson (Unplugged) surprise performance (HD) (Motion). Warner Bros.Pictures: Warner Bros. Pictures/Ryan Halpern. Event occurs at 0:11. Retrieved January 12, 2015. Shawn Patterson, who wrote the music and lyrics for the hit song from The Lego Movie "Everything Is Awesome", surprises a crowd of WB employees with his unplugged rendition of the song at a conference room celebration.
  2. ^ "SOCAN presents first-ever film & TV No. 1 Song Award to Josh Bartholomew. theme". March 8, 2014. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved March 11, 2014.
  3. ^ "ALLMUSIC Credits". February 4, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  4. ^ Brown, August (February 11, 2014). "Everything is awesome, indeed, for Mark Mothersbaugh". LA Times. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
  5. ^ The LEGO® Movie - Official Main Trailer (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. October 31, 2013. Event occurs at 0:48. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  6. ^ The LEGO Movie - TV Spot 1 (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros.s Pictures. January 13, 2014. Event occurs at 0:02. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  7. ^ The LEGO Movie - Now Playing Spot 2 (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. February 7, 2014. Event occurs at 0:02. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  8. ^ The LEGO Movie - Now Playing Spot 5 (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. February 21, 2014. Event occurs at 0:00. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  9. ^ The LEGO Movie - "Creating the Bricks" (HD) (Motion). YouTube: Warner Bros. Pictures. January 6, 2015. Event occurs at 0:00 and 3:50. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
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